Last month a friend and I took in a beautiful, horrific, brilliant, disturbing exhibit based on one of my favourite works of art, James Whistler’s Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC.
Amoung all the other thoughts provoked was one about how we react when the road we’ve taken doesn’t lead us to our expected destination.
We don’t start out to create things that get spoilt or aren’t appreciated or lead nowhere – or, worse, to big problems. We’ve got a much more positive vision at the start of anything we put in motion.
(And if we don’t, then what the hell are we doing?)
We can get carried away by our projects, whether it’s creating a work of art, getting a pay raise or promotion, finding a new way to addresse social justice inadequacies, answering health challenges . . . . Some are about life changes, others are less far-ranging in time and impact. We forget that any project, no matter how important, is only a single aspect of our life.
So how do we respond to road blocks? Changes in parameters? Shifting reality? Do we destroy our greatest achievements with our own rigidity?